25 January 2010

Spring 2010 Landscape Industry Lecture

An arborist's view of sustainable landscapes: The Sustainable Sites Initiative
Neil Hendrickson, Bartlett Tree Experts Northeast Technical Representative

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 3:55 p.m.
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall  110, Cook Campus, Rutgers University
An arborist's view of sustainable landscapes: The Sustainable Sites Initiative is emphasizing many of the practices arborists have developed and promoted for over 25 years, including soil and plant analysis, comprehensivesoil management, plant health care and integrated pest management, invasivespecies management, and a variety of "green" programs. I will discuss how Landscape Architects can, and should, work together to make landscapes sustainable.
Neil Hendrickson got his BS from Cook College.  He has a Masters in Forest Science from UNH and a PhD in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He taught in the graduate program in resource management at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.  He has been a practicing arborist for the last twenty years.  As Northeast Technical Representative for R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC, he conducts research and provides technical support for Bartlett both in the U.S. and globally, often lecturing for the green industry.  He is a Certified Arborist, a NJ certified Tree Expert, and
a member of the Society of American Foresters.

(BTW, The photo is of what is claimed to be the most photographed tree in the world.  But it probably isn't really.  It probably isn't sustainable either.)

1 comment:

Terry Mock said...

As a sustainable land developer, I agree with Neil Hendrickson's perspective and support his effort to work with LA's to make landscapes sustainable. As reported in this month's SLDI Newsletter:

Deepening Perspectives on Sustainable Land Development (http://www.sldi.org/newService/SLDIJan2010.html)

"...green building certification programs today pay scant attention to landscaping, but they should, according to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which has just announced release of 'the world's first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes.' For the next two years the program will be tried out on test projects nationwide in order to fine-tune the landscaping standards. This and other certification programs fit well within the scope of The SLDI Code™ and SLDI embraces their development. In fact, SLDI pilot project Ocean Mountain Ranch has applied to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a portion of its pilot phase participation in The SLDI Code™ best practices system."

Your participation and comments are welcome.

Terry Mock
Executive Director
Sustainable Land Development International